Gum and Tooth Tonic Works!

Gum and Tooth Tonic Works Well   In my office we do a non-surgical treatment of gums with a deep cleaning. These patients typically have developed gum disease with deep pocketing, inflamed gums that bleed easily plus plaque and often calculus (also known as tartar).  In other words, their teeth and gums are in pretty bad shape and our goal is to help save their teeth. The treatment involves...

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Interesting Case: Patient with severe periodontal disease undergoing radiation and chemo

Interesting Case: Patient with severe periodontal disease undergoing radiation and chemotherapy   A patient I have not seen in over 20 years returned to my office recently with some dental issues. He has a very loose upper front central incisor that is fractured horizontally more than half way down the root.  He has also lost one of his lower incisors due to severe periodontal disease. He...

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PLASTIC IN YOUR TOOTHPASTE? REALLY?

Plastic in Your Toothpaste? Really?   A patient recently arrived to my office with a large red area on her gum tissue. She has been a patient for years and her gums have always been in good shape. The lesion was not in the area of the end of the root which would indicate a root canal, and it wasn’t at the gum line which would indicate a gum infection. I snapped a photo with my I-phone...

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PARKINSON’S DISEASE AND TEETH

Parkinson’s Disease and Teeth As people live longer, there are more diseases that can occur, plus more medications to treat them.   These factors play a role in dental treatment. One disease that presents a challenge to dentists is Parkinson’s Disease.   This disease is a degenerative motor skills disorder which can then deteriorate even further to more significant motor skill loss...

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ROOT CANAL: POSSIBLE HEALTH ISSUES

Root Canal: Possible Health Issues   One of my patients of over 10 years came in today complaining of some soreness around a tooth, especially when she chewed or pushed on it. She has experienced this soreness for 3 weeks. We took a periapical x-ray (shows the end of the root) and noticed a radiolucency (dark area around the root) which indicates that the nerve is dead. So, what is she to...

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Toothbrush Sanitation

Toothbrush Sanitation  There’s a lot of buzz these days about the need to improve and support our immune systems.   And with the different diseases floating around the world, it definitely seems to be a good idea.  Several articles on the internet guide us towards nutritional products that will improve our systems – but did you know that right now you probably have 500 –...

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